Alila Villas Uluwatu
What We Love
- Stunning clifftop location, with Indian Ocean views everywhere
- The elegant five-room spa, with half-day and daylong programs
- Authentic cuisine at the Warung (from an open kitchen)
- Personalized service: A butler is assigned to each villa
- All villas have a private pool
- The first resort in Bali built to EarthCheck’s building, planning and design standards
What To Know
- The location is remote; it’s an hour to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife
- The sea here is too rough for swimming, though there are renowned surfing spots nearby
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center with yoga classes
- Some verandas are suspended over shared walkways—very romantic but not entirely private
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set along 35 clifftop acres on Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula, this resort balances a striking modern style with a commendable environmental commitment. The 84 individual villas feature spacious, uncluttered interiors, private pools and plush outdoor spots, some with panoramic views. In-room amenities run from the expected, like free WiFi and an iPod dock, to aromatic bespoke his-and-hers body products and movie star–worthy sun hats. A butler is assigned to each villa; he or she attends to each guest as much or as little as requested. The staff is so engaging that most guests quickly find themselves reliant. The bamboo-clad spa is a must, with a calming ambience, well-trained therapists, and an extensive menu of creative and restorative treatments. The repeating wood pattern throughout creates a simple but contemporary look that’s sustainable, thanks to renowned Singapore architectural firm WOHA. As for dining, Cire delivers inventive, fruit-filled breakfasts and healthy Western fare like marinated mackerel served with salmon roe vinaigrette and seared king prawns atop black rice risotto, enjoyed in a dining room decorated with 2,500 antique batik stamps. The Warung’s authentic Balinese dishes, like satay lilit and ayam betutu with red rice, are a good choice for sunset nibbles or a full Indonesian feast. And after indulging, it’s off to bed for a night’s rest—with the only sound the croak of geckos under the clear night sky.
In the Area
Head to Seminyak, an hour away, for butter-soft leather bags and python flip-flops at Wrkshp13, Prada-inspired frocks with Balinese prints at Namu (Jalan Petitenget 234X), and some good karma from crystal-infused bling at Anna Michielan. Sate your sweet tooth with homemade raw chocolates and other organic treats at the Bukit outpost of Bali Buddha. The black coral rock and the 11th-century temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu make for a stunning sight, hugging the Bukit cliffs. Locals believe the temple guards the island against evil spirits. Booked through the resort, Alila Journeys can include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef and visits to community projects supported by the hotel.
How to Get There
The Alila Villas in Uluwatu exceeded our expectations for service, style, and experiences. My husband and I had the best time and really felt as if the staff treated us like we were the only guests on property (they were near capacity). Ivy Chang was responsible for orchestrating amazing experiences from suggestions of restaurants, local places and surf lessons. She reached out before we arrived and arranged for a spectacular stay. The hotel itself is incomparable in its beauty, style and location.
Before we arrived we already know the famous of Alila Villa Uluwatu. But when we arrived the sights before me shock me. it is so beautiful like living in fairy tale. the perfect view & excellent service made our unforgettable experience. it is hard to say goodbye when we check out and hope we will see you again!
The hotel pool, reception and restaurant area is beautiful, overlooking the Indian ocean. The villas themselves are also really nice and we really enjoyed our stay here. The only reason for not having a 5 rating was that the pools were freezing even though we were told they were heated when we were showed around. This meant they were empty most of the time which is a shame especially for the infinity pool overlooking the ocean.
From the moment we arrived, we were blown away by the beauty of the villas and surrounds! The architecture and landscaping design are stunning, and adds to the feeling of pure luxury and serenity. The infinity pool is simply stunning, and an absolute joy to swim in!
The beautiful staff at Alila cared for us so well, and made us feel like family, even though we were only there for a short time (2 nights). Special thanks to Weera and Doni who made us feel very special.
We couldn't recommend this place highly enough, and wish we could have stayed longer.
Travelled in May - we were a group of 23 people. The villa were just absolutely gorgeous, the pool perfect. The service was impeccable. Food was average though. We had a corner villa and thank god for the golf carts! The most beautiful hotel I ever met!!